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Welcome to the official newspaper of the British Science Festival


<ul><li><p>igniteThe magazine of the British Science Festival</p><p>Hosted by</p><p></p></li><li><p>CONTENTS</p><p>3 BRINGING SCIENCE TO THE STREETS</p><p>4 FROM INNOVATION TO COMMERCIALISATION</p><p>5 HELP US TACKLE THE BIG ISSUES:GET YOUR VOICE HEARD</p><p>5 SCIENCE SUNDAY ATNORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY </p><p>6 BRIGHT SPARKS USING THE POWER OF POO!</p><p>7 BATTLING AGAINST BARNACLES</p><p>8 MEET THE NEXT SCIENCE STARS</p><p>9 AESICA PHARMACEUTICALS TALK US THROUGH HOW THEYMAKE MEDICINES HERE IN THE NORTH EAST </p><p>9 FAMILY FUN</p><p>10 THE NORTH EAST OF ENGLAND: A HIGH TECH ENERGY HUB</p><p>11 NEWCASTLE CITY COUNCIL</p><p>11 THE GREAT NORTH FESTIVAL</p><p>12 HOW TO BOOK</p><p>12 FESTIVAL SUPPORTERS</p><p>2</p><p>WELCOME TO THE BRITISH SCIENCE FESTIVAL 2013</p><p>To book phone 08456 807 207 visit or book in person during the Festival at the Box Office at Newcastle University</p><p>SCIENCE SPRINKLED WITHA TOUCH OF STARDUSTby Joanne Coleman </p><p>Faces you might recognise at the British Science FestivalIn a national survey in 2011, over half ofpeople questioned said that they foundout about science through the traditionalmedia like TV. Science programmepresenters can incite passion about theirsubject, take us to places we would nevergo and show us things we would neversee. Ground-breaking science becomespart of our lives through what we see onthe TV and grand concepts becomemore understandable. </p><p>During the week of the Festival take theopportunity to find out how theseprogrammes are made, why the presentersfeel so passionately about sharing theirsubjects and maybe find out more aboutthe person behind the personality.</p><p>Robert Winston has been bringingscience to life for almost 40 years. Fromhim we have learnt about such diverseareas as the secret lives of twins, to theeveryday lives of cavemen. He taughtus how we can improve our memoryand helped celebrate the lives of thegreatest scientists who have ever lived.The popular series Child of our Time hasspent 13 years following the progress ofchildren from all walks of life.Unbelievably he still manages to take</p><p>part in ground breaking research, aswell as sitting in the House of Lords,trying to ensure that Government placesscience, technology and engineering atthe heart of policy making.</p><p>Michael Mosley has spent 25 years producing and presenting documentaries on science and medicine.At his Festival event he will explore thejournalistic challenges he faces.</p><p>Broadcaster Simon Mayo will introduceus to Itch from his book ITCH ROCKS withlive experiments from Andrea Sella. </p><p>Maggie Aderin-Pocock is frequentlyseen on TV exploring the frontiers ofspace with programmes such as Do wereally need the moon? and Orbit: HowSatellites Rule Our World. At the Festivalshe explores what we do and dontknow about space and (star)gazes intothe future to find out whats next forspace exploration. </p><p>A great way to experience the Festival is to visit the daily highlights show the x-change. Part chat-show, part cabaret,Richard Hollingham hosts this lunchtimeround-up of the biggest and best actsfrom the Festival programme. </p><p>The British Science Festival is the longest established science festival in the UKtoday, dating way back to1831. So you see, we weregeeks long before it was cool! </p><p>/BritishScienceFestival </p><p>@BritishSciFest#bsf13</p><p>MAGGIE ADERIN-POCOCK</p><p>RICHARD HOLLINGHAM</p><p>SIMON MAYO &lt; ROBERT WINSTON</p><p>Over the years the Festival has played host to someextraordinary events. Did you know that it was at ourFestival that the wordscientist was first coined and the first time the worddinosaur was ever used?The Festival is just as relevant andexciting today as its ever been, andwe certainly aim to get you hands-onand brains-on with a huge mix oftalks, debates, workshops and drop-inactivities about everything under theSun (and the Sun too). You candebate the ethics of three parentbabies, take a tour of Newcastlesiconic Swing Bridge, delve into thedepths of how our top sea predatorsbehave and find out the types ofdiseases that killed our ancestors.</p><p>This is the seventh time the Festivalhas visited Newcastle; the first timewas back in 1838. Make sure youdont miss our launch on Saturday 7September near the Monument. Weare joining up with the Eat! Festival tolet you sample a taste of the future.</p><p>With hundreds of events to choosefrom theres certainly something foreveryone. To see the full programmeand book tickets log on towww.britishsciencefestival.orgor call </p><p>08456 807207Hope to see you there!</p><p>The British Science Festival team</p><p>MICHAEL MOSLEY </p></li><li><p>The science buskers hit thestreets with their demonstrations</p><p>Professor Ella Ritchie</p><p>Shes easily spotted because of herbright red jacket, the pink toilet seatshe often wears round her neck andthe numerous other surprising propsshe and her team carry around. </p><p>Claire is part of a band of NewcastleUniversity science students who havebeen trained in the art of streetperformance and use an armoury ofhousehold objects to bring sciencebusking to the streets of the region.</p><p>Her work is all about engaging thepublic in science and technology -encouraging adults and children aliketo be inspired by science and toencourage the next generation ofworld-class scientists and engineers. </p><p>The Street Scientists play a centralpart in Newcastle Universitys role as host for the 2013 British ScienceFestival. They will be entertaining the crowds at some of the hundredplus events led by the University and helping to draw in visitors to the Festival. </p><p>Passing on the Eureka moment - when the penny drops and a young person realises they are seeing something theyve neverexperienced before - is the joint aimof the Street Scientists and the BritishScience Festival. For six days, fromSeptember 7 to 12, the Festival will be full of moments and memories like these, helping to inspire anappetite for science. </p><p>Claire, who is 24 and a PhD student in chemical engineering, says her </p><p>role as a Street Scientist has been a highlight of her experience atNewcastle University.</p><p>I absolutely love being a StreetScientist. In fact, its probably beenmy most favourite experience of mycourse so far. I love the unknownelement of it - you just never knowhow a person is going to respond toyour demonstration, she said.</p><p>Its given me so much confidence in dealing with the public and talkingto children about different scientificissues. Children are so much smarterthan I expected! Its really rewardingwhen they figure out a challenge and then want to know the science behind it. </p><p>Because of my experience with the Street Scientists I know I willdefinitely pursue some kind of scienceoutreach work in the future - even if my career isnt solely focused on it I will make sure I help inspire moreyoung people to study science.</p><p>Claire came to Newcastle fromEdinburgh to continue her studies,having been impressed by the citysscientific credentials as a UK ScienceCity and the quality of NewcastleUniversitys facilities.</p><p>She added: The labs I work in are incredible. They are very wellfunded because of the quality of the research we do here so there are lots of resources and you knowyoure working with the bestequipment. When you couple thatwith the quality of the staff andstudent services it is a great place to study.</p><p>Claires positive experience andattraction to Newcastle is testamentto Newcastle Universitys investment in science and the citys expertise inageing, sustainability and stem cells &amp; regenerative medicine. </p><p>Professor Ella Ritchie, Deputy ViceChancellor at Newcastle University, is looking forward to introducing thethousands of British Science Festivalattendees to what the city has to offer.</p><p>She said: We are a research-intensiveUniversity with a civic agendafocusing on the global societalchallenges of ageing, sustainabilityand social renewal, and as hosts of the 2013 Festival we will have the perfect platform to bring our expertise to life. </p><p>The events we are leading on will bring visitors face-to-face with our researchers to hear for themselvesabout their discoveries and how </p><p>they have potential to positivelyimpact on our lives. </p><p>These events include a debate ondiet and ageing with scientist andBBC presenter Michael Mosley who is credited with popularizing the 5:2 diet and our own Professor TomKirkwood, Dean for Ageing, as well as the Award Lectures given to early career researchers who areskilled communicators on climatechange and the environmental threat to coral reefs.</p><p>Science engagement is very high onour agenda and we are pleased tobe working with our partners to throwthe spotlight on Newcastles scienceand technology strengths. The Festivalis so much more than just a six dayscience event - we expect to seelasting legacies in innovation, industryand investment.</p><p>Claire is part of a band ofNewcastle Universityscience students who havebeen trained in the art ofstreet performance anduse an armoury ofhousehold objects to bringscience busking to thestreets of the region.</p><p>Above: Newcastle University Street Scientist ClaireThompson with one of her demonstrations which usestwo telephone directories to show how static frictionmakes the interlocked pages impossible to pull apart</p><p>BRINGING SCIENCE TO THE STREETSYou may well have come across students such as Claire Thompson if youve been shopping in Newcastle,browsing at the Sunday Quayside Market or visiting one of the many events and celebrations that are taking placearound the North East of England.</p><p>3</p></li><li><p>The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) was established in 2004 aspart of the North East England Strategy for Success. CPI was originallytasked to help companies in North East England to innovate within theprocess and manufacturing sectors and compete on a global scale. CPIhas gone on to become a national and international leader and is a keyplayer in the UK Governments High Value Manufacturing Catapult. </p><p>FROM INNOVATION TO COMMERCIALISATION</p><p>The High Value Manufacturing Catapultconsists of seven partners:</p><p>The Centre for Process InnovationThe Advanced ManufacturingResearch CentreThe Advanced Forming Research CentreThe Manufacturing Technology CentreThe Nuclear Advanced ManufacturingResearch Centre,The National Composites CentreWarwick Manufacturing Group</p><p>CPI uses knowledge and expertise in scienceand engineering alongside a 55 million state-of-the-art facility to enable UKcompanies to develop, prove, prototype and scale-up new products and processes.</p><p>CPI operates an open innovation modelwhere companies can develop products andprove processes with reduced risk. CPIprovides assets and expertise for SMEs and bigbusiness alike, to demonstrate manufacturingprocesses and prove they are feasible beforeinvesting large amounts of money inequipment and training. </p><p>With sites in Teesside and County Durham, CPIhas helped to identify the region as a highvalue engineering hotspot and hasestablished National Centres in printableelectronics, industrial biotechnology andanaerobic digestion. These world-classtechnology centres have helped over 2,000companies to innovate and commercialisetheir products and processes. </p><p>In 2010 CPI was highlighted as an exemplar ofa technology innovation centre and wasasked to contribute to a new nationalinnovation initiative that later became knownas Catapult Centres a network wherebusinesses, scientists and engineers worktogether on research and developmentprojects with the aim of converting ideas intonew products and services to generateeconomic growth.</p><p>The High Value Manufacturing Catapultsnetwork consists of seven UK-basedtechnology and innovation centres. Theinception of the Catapult provides businesswith access to the best manufacturing talentand facilities in the country. It also provides a two-way communication channel withcentral government and a valuable conduit for funding from both the public and private sectors.</p><p>CPI and the HVM Catapult bridge the gapbetween early innovation, where the UK hastraditionally been strong, and industrial-scalemanufacturing, where real wealth is createdand the UK is relatively uncompetitive. </p><p>As CPI approaches its tenth anniversary, thetechnology and innovation centre is goingfrom strength to strength with over 200employees, 55 million of assets, three nationalcentres and more than 300 million ofcompleted projects. </p><p>Building on this success, CPI will soon belaunching a fourth National Centre focusingon biopharmaceuticals. </p><p></p><p>FEATURED FESTIVAL EVENTTUES 10 SEPT 13.00-14.00</p><p>FROM INNOVATION TO COMMERCIALISATIONFind out how to take a research concept to market.</p><p>Venue: Spence Watson Lecture Theatre, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University</p><p>Booking Required</p><p>4</p></li><li><p>To book phone 08456 807 207 visit or book in person during the Festival at the Box Office at Newcastle University 5</p><p>In Beware - health care! on Saturday 7September at midday you can comealong and tell us what you think aboutwhether it is the duty of patients to lookafter their own safety when in hospital.With a tenth of patients being harmedby hospital care, can you or should youprotect yourself when in hospital, or isthat the responsibility of the NHS? Youcan hear the arguments from both sidesand make sure you have your say. </p><p>On Sunday 8 September at 16.00 weput the Polygraph on trial when we ask whether lie detector evidenceshould be used in a court of law inEngland and Wales. Can they bebeat? You can see a polygraph demo and put it under scrutiny to learn about its reliability.</p><p>On Monday 9 September at 15.30sociologist Tom Shakespeare will explorethe issue of involuntary sterilisation. In the first half of the twentieth century, sterilisation was used to stopundesirables reproducing. However,this practise still takes place today. In some places Roma, HIV+ and transpeople are still being sterilised withoutproper consent. Also on Monday at13.00 Tom Kirkwood and Aubrey deGrey go head to head in a debateabout life without ageing when theyargue whether modern science reallyconsigns the ageing process to history?Aubrey de Grey suggests that a cure</p><p>for ageing is within reach, while TomKirkwood argues that such a goaldistorts what the real research prioritiesshould be in an ageing world. Later that day at 15.30 you can explore thenuclear disaster in Fukushima: Two yearson. The tsunami of March 2011 leftbehind it a trail of confusion andmisinformation. We now have thebenefit of hindsight to evaluate exactlywhat happened and bring to you thereal story of Fukushima. </p><p>The recent decision the Britishgovernment has made in being the firstcountry to take a step toward allowingIVF techniques using the DNA from threepeople will be put under scrutiny onTuesday 10 September when a panel of experts examine the scientific,ethical, social and regulatorychallenges behind three parent babies. </p><p>And on Wednesday 11 September at16.00 you can explore what theevidence tells us about the real effectsof child abuse on victims. As the countrycontinues to be rocked by the enormityof the Jimmy Savile scandal we explorehow some abuse victims suffer long-term changes to the brain. Are abusevictims more susceptible to PostTraumatic Stress? Are they easier tohypnotise...</p></li></ul>